Bestselling author Barbara Delinsky, whose life has been shaped by her mother's breast cancer as well as her own, has created the book she wished had existed when she went through her treatment. Uplift is a one-of-a-kind collection of anecdotes and advice, told in the words of everyday women of all ages who are part of the ever-growing sisterhood of breast cancer survivors. You won't find medical advice or technical matters discussed here. But you will find all the little things that only someone who's been there can tell you about. What kind of deodorant can I use during radiation? Are there certain foods that really satisfy on treatment days? How do I address my surgery with my coworkers? Is it really okay to lean on my friends? How can I still feel feminine? Is there romance after breast cancer? What can I do to feel more in control of my body and my life?
But Uplift isn't only for those with breast cancer. Friends and family can read it to find out what they can best do to help. And men? Uplift contains quotes from them, too. They share what worked best and how they felt as they helped the women in their lives through it all.
Practical, warm, funny, reassuring, supportive, personal...the insights by the contributors to Uplift reveal how they faced their fears and came through their ordeal ready to get on with life and love, career and family -- and how you can too. If there is one book you'll want to keep close at hand as a nightstand support group, Uplift is it.
1 On Diagnosis: First Things First
2 Losing a Breast: Practical and Emotional
3 Radiation: Soaking Up the Rays
4 Chemo and Hair: Mane Matters
5 Chemo and Everything Else: A Smorgasbord
6 Taking the Reins: Regaining Control
7 Family: Our Inheritance
8 Friends: We Pick 'Em
9 The Workplace: Making It User-Friendly
10 Support Groups: From Traditional to Offbeat
11 Humor: You Gotta Laugh...
12 Men: By, For, and About
13 Exercise: Making the Body Better
14 Religion: Bringing In the Big Gun
15 Pure Uplift: Wrapping It Up with a Bow
List of Contributors
An Invitation from Uplift
Chapter One: On Diagnosis
First Things First
Where was I when I learned that I had breast cancer? You may as well ask where I was when I learned that JFK had been shot. I will never forget either answer.
In the case of JFK, I was in college, returning to my ...
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